Category Archives: Movies & Documentaries

Eyes Without a Face

The longer cinema has existed as a collaborative medium the more competition there is and the more movies are being made, its basic industry expansion practices. To stand out from the masses you have to strive to be ahead of the curve – good directors

Dragon’s Return

All generalisations are false, up to and including this one. But it does feel as if, even before Czechoslovakia divided into two nations, there were already two parallel cinemas existing in it. You have the Czech films of Jan Švankmajer and Věra Chytilová; witty, urban,

Exit (2014)

The appearance of new film distributors in the UK is a significant occasion, especially when they are dealing exclusively with Asian cinema. The birth of Facet Films brings with it new possibilities, one of which is Chienn Hsiang’s directorial début – Exit. With this film

The Wolfpack

During a customary stroll around New York City, Avid Film maker and Director Crystal Moselle gazed at a group of identical, slick, long-haired boys, swerving through the crowded streets. Her inquisitive nature led to her approaching individuals found to be brothers with a passion of

Jauja

Jauja, in Peru, was once thought to be a Mecca of milk and honey. Thought unreachable by man, this fact was attested to by the number of people who went missing while searching for it  – according to the opening expository text dump. Both the geographic and mythical

Man with a Movie Camera

Newly enthroned by Sight & Sound as the greatest documentary ever made, Man With a Movie Camera is an easy film to enjoy.  Partly this is because of its ripping pace – 67 minutes long, utterly relentless and married here with a Michael Nyman score

The Beast

Before we turn our attention to the last disc of Arrow’s Blu-Ray Borowczyk restorations, let us take stock of the man’s career up to this point. A shoestring genius of experimental animation, “Boro” had proved his versatility with four massively different features; the crackpot animated

The Face of an Angel

Outside traditions of storytelling media, many of the Zeitgeists capturing stories of our time have come from court rooms of the world. With the Oscar Pistorius case and abuse of civil liberties by now-defunct press outlets to name but two. One which dwarfed those in

Immoral Tales

Since one of the stated aims of Arrow’s Walerian Borowczyk collection has been to rescue his reputation from an association with pornography, it seems strange to say that including two of the late-period erotic films is a masterstroke.  And yet it is.  Viewed in context,

The Voices

Ryan Reynolds divides opinion just as much he defies expectation. Every time the A-lister gets lost in the mire of leading man-hood, one of his outings as a risk-taker won’t be too far off. He may have cultivated harsh critics over the past five years,